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Disquiet among MMDCEs ahead of NPP parliamentary primaries

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has barred its national, regional, and constituency executives, as well as metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives from contesting sitting MPs

There is growing disquiet among metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) ahead of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary primaries.

This is because the government appointees have been barred from challenging sitting lawmakers who represent the party in parliament ahead of the election which begins on 1 August and ends on 2 December 2023.

A statement issued by the party and signed by its general secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, conveyed this decision. The directive is applicable to constituency, regional and national executives.

“For national official (chairman), regional officers (chairmen) and MMDCEs the National Council of the party have said they cannot contest in areas we already have an NPP MP. In places where there are sitting MPs, you cannot contest,” the statement said.

Unfair decision

It appears the MMDCEs are not happy with the decision, with some describing it as unfair. In an interview with Asaase News, the municipal chief executive for Asokore Mampong in the Ashanti Region, Kennedy Kankam, who is leading the charge, called for an open contest.

Advancing his argument, Kankam said CEOs of state companies have forced candidates out of elections with their monetary prowess. He stressed that “forcing on MMDCEs alone that because they are living in the constituencies, they can disturb the MP in one way or the other will not help.

“What will an MMDCE do to a sitting MP? Most of the MMDCEs are even unpopular due to the pressure and the load on them. If they contest such primaries, they might not even win,” Kankam said.

Meanwhile, after months of deliberations, the party will elect its presidential candidate on 4 November this year.

 

Reporting by Irene Pomaa Kumi in the Ashanti Region

 

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